Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Review #1: Raising Dragons

I believe I said in my first post that I want to do book reviews. Here's #1.

Book: Raising Dragons
Author: Brian Davis
Series: Dragons in our Midst
Sequel series: Oracles of Fire and Children of the Bard
# of books in first series: 4
Genre: Christian Fantasy

Yes, you could say there will be a couple of spoilers, but nothing too major that you won't learn by at least halfway through the book or earlier.

Christian themes rating: 10/10
Plot Rating: 7/10
Complexity Rating: 5/10 Not that its bad, its just less complex. If you like that, then it's great.
Length: 384 pages, easy to read.
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Overall Rating: 8/10

It's tough to rate this plot, because really, you can read this book a couple different ways. You can read it for the story, and not think as deeply into the Christian themes and things in the book, in which case it probably deserves a 7/10. However, if you read it for the Christian themes and messages, then it gets more like a 9/10, because he really does weave the messages and faith journey of Billy and Bonnie (the two main characters) into the story quite well. However, it has nothing on books like Lord of the Rings or Mistborn (my personal favorite book/series).

The plot is about two 8th grade age kids, Billy and Bonnie, who are children of dragons. These dragons are from the time of King Arthur. They were turned into humans by Merlin, who in this book is portrayed as a great prophet of God. The dragons are basically immortal as far as aging is concerned, but will die from injuries/wounds. Each child of the dragons-turned-humans develops a couple of dragon powers. At around the age of five, Bonnie started developing wings, so her parents (her mom being a dragon-turned-human) had to tell her about her dragon heritage. Her mom was then killed by dragon hunters (a small group who believe themselves to be descended from knights of King Arthur), so she was put into the foster system, where she had to keep her wings a secret for fear of being called a freak. She enters the story a Christian, with a true, beautiful faith in God.

Billy, in 8th grade, begins to develop fire-breathing. It starts as just hot breath, and soon his parents begin to notice. They finally decide to tell him the truth about dragons, and he is extremely hurt because he feels his life is a lie. He meets a professor at his school who is a strong Christian, and he helps him through his faith journey.

So, after all that background, here's the real plot. A dragon slayer named Devin comes after Billy and Bonnie, as well as their parents, because he finds out their powers and who they are. They are forced to flee, blah blah blah, plane crash, blah blah blah, people dying everywhere (just kidding only like 1 person dies), blah blah blah, epic fights and stuff, good messages, dragons, fire, the end.

It's a good fantasy story even without the Christian stuff, so if you like fantasy, I'd highly advise it.

I would recommend for anyone over the age of 10-12, depending on their reading level.

Please give feedback on what I should change about the book review. I plan on doing more, and this is really a sort of prototype. I would like to develop a specific structure, so feedback about what you want to see is much appreciated.

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